Rhode Island College ushers in fifth season of Fruit Hill Farmers Market 

Rhode Island College marks the opening of the fifth season of the Fruit Hill Farmers Market on Thursday, August 2, from 4-6:30 p.m. It will continue each Thursday through October 4. The market will be located on the lawn of the Old Alumni House on the Fruit Hill Avenue side of campus.

“When I first became president of Rhode Island College, I embraced the idea of partnering with our neighbors to establish a farmer’s market on campus. This is a great way to encourage our students, faculty, staff and area residents to buy fresh, local produce and to build strong relationships with the nearby community. Through this important collaborative effort with the Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association, we are planting the seeds for Rhode Islanders to lead healthy lives,” stated RIC President Nancy Carriuolo.

“As we celebrate the fifth season of the farmer’s market, let me just say that I am proud of the success that we have seen from this initiative. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association and our vendors. Whether it’s through our educational programs or through projects like this, Rhode Island College continues to play a critical role in enhancing the quality of life in our state,” continued Carriuolo.

Jen Zolkos of the Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association said, “We are proud to join forces with Rhode Island College to once again bring a Farmers Market to our community. As we enter our fifth year, we are excited to promote local small businesses and farms. This is a terrific example of how RIC and its neighbors continue to work together to enhance the neighborhood and in doing so create a sense of place. We hope that the community will join us to mark this milestone.”

Among this year’s vendors are Fruit Hill Apiaries, White Oak Farm, Hopkins Hill Farm, Rachel Bakes, 3 Sisters Ice Cream, Decadent Designs Bakery, Gem Ravioli, Revive the Roots, New Urban Farmers, Babbling Brook Farm, Northside Creamery and Presto- Change-O Coffee Truck. The market also will feature live music and entertainment including the soft rock sounds of Tony Carlino on Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4.

Jim Murphy ’07, Rhode Island College’s first ever sustainability coordinator stated, “I am pleased that produce from Rhode Island College’s community garden, which was established in collaboration with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in May, will be sold at this year’s farmers market. This is just one example of Rhode Island College’s comprehensive efforts to go green.”

The market accepts WIC, senior coupons, cash, EBT and the RIC student card.

For more information, contact Patricia Nolin, special assistant to the president, at pnolin@ric.edu or (401) 456-9854.